Rafael Montero Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/17/1990 (30)
Rafael Montero Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Rafael Montero News
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Rafael Montero recorded a shaky save Saturday night, allowing one run to score while leaving the game-tying run stranded on third base. It was his seventh save of the year. Montero has had a very rough year thus far, with five blown saves and a 5.10 ERA. With Kendall Graveman on the injured list, Montero appears to be the primary option for save situations, but he is by no means locked into the closer role. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere unless the situation is truly desperate.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Rafael Montero recorded his sixth save of the season Tuesday, allowing two baserunners in one inning of work. The only thing more inconsistent than Montero's performance has been his usage, as he has entered as many games in the sixth inning as the ninth of late, and he hasn't had back-to-back scoreless outings since the second and fourth of May. Montero may have the inside line to most saves opportunities for Seattle, especially with Kendall Graveman on the COVID list, but he's not a guy you want on your fantasy roster unless you're truly desperate.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Rafael Montero entered Sunday's game in the sixth inning Sunday and was unable to complete the frame, throwing 2/3 of an inning and allowing two runs (one of which was earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Montero has been Seattle's closer for most of the season, but this usage suggests he couldn't be further from locked into that role. Fantasy managers who are truly desperate for saves may still get some equity out of Montero, but he seems primed to do major damage to the ERA and WHIP categories even if he does get those opportunities.
In 2020, Rafael Montero compiled a 4.08 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, a perfect eight saves in eight opportunities, and 19 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings pitched with Texas. Now with Seattle after an early-December trade, managers who plan to draft Montero as a closer at his current ADP of 188 would be rolling the dice. First, it is not certain Montero will immediately slide into Seattle's closer role. The Mariners may look to other internal options (e.g., Yohan Ramirez), or they may make additional off-season moves to fortify a bullpen that was among the worst in the American League in 2020. Secondly, Montero's 2020 numbers show signs of regression. Despite his 4.08 ERA, Montero compiled an xERA of 4.61 and an xFIP of 4.85. He also saw a 4% decline in his 2019 K%. Furthermore, Montero yielded a 44.4% overall hard-hit rate, a 15.6% overall barrel rate, and an overall 23-degree launch angle. These are numbers that were well below 2020 MLB averages and don't equate to those of a lock-down closer. While Montero could generate save totals in the mid-20s, to go with an ERA near 4.25 and a strikeout per inning, his fantasy value is almost entirely dependent upon his attaining and retaining the Mariners' closer role. With bullpen competition and regression likely, this is a risky proposition. Managers should be cautious and potentially look elsewhere in the middle rounds of drafts for more sound closer options.